Romeo and Juliet ★★★

Norma Shearer wanted to play Juliet, and since her husband Irving Thalberg, was MGM’s top producer, she got her wish.

The play is nicely adapted to the screen; the production is lavish, and direction (George Cukor) and acting (Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, John Barrymore, Basil Rathbone) are good.

A major drawback is the age of the actors. Romeo and Juliet are supposed to be teenagers. The actors are too old, especially Leslie Howard at age 42 and John Barrymore at age 56.